Leather coral not looking good

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  1. ChristopherM

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    Hi folks,

    I bought a juvenile leather about 2 weeks ago and it's been looking brilliant in my tank. Today I noticed a "hole" and I'm really worried because there's clearly something wrong. My levels are all great although calcium has been a bit on the low side - I've been dosing reef complete for that. All my other coral is looking healthy.

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    Does any have any ideas, I really don't want to lose this beauty.
     
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    You might have a parasitic worm eating it's way from the base upwards. Check underneath.
     
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    Here are some more photographs:

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    I was wondering if perhaps debris had built up and rotted through? I can't seem to find a worm or anything to that degree, but I will inspect it more.
    @carlosdeandrade Thank you for the link, I will read it top to bottom shortly.
     
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    does not look lekka bud Eish hope u find the reason soon.. mybe do a dip of the coral
     
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    Leather coral help needed!

    Hi Folks,

    I posted this elsewhere and have realised this is probably the best place.

    I bought a juvenile leather about 2 weeks ago and it's been looking brilliant in my tank. Today I noticed a "hole" and I'm really worried because there's clearly something wrong. My levels are all great although calcium has been a bit on the low side - I've been dosing reef complete for that. All my other coral is looking healthy.

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    Really worried about this guy :(
     
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    @reef addict Yeh man, I'm rather bleak and as a beginner it's really difficult to diagnose :/
     
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    Yeah...that looks bad. Do you have a good medi dip? Like brighwells medicoral? I would dip it a couple of times....you can also use iodine in tank water...slowly squirt it over the affected area....
     
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    @JS I'll have to head to the LFS and get something, and hopefully it'll pull through!
     
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    A couple months ago i had something similiar happen to my leather. it suddenly developed a small hole in the middle i think it was caused by the rock it was laying on rubbing through.
    I was worried about it too but it healed up pretty well.
     
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    @KyleJ I really hope my takes a turn like yours did!
     
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    @Perky pets Any ideas? I remember you telling me I might experience a few things in the first week or two, but I'm not sure that this is what you meant..
     
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    What Carlos said earlier, it looks like it could be a worm.
    Look closely at the hole and see if anything is inside.
     
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    @459b I did a very close inspection but couldn't see any form of worm unfortunately..
     
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    you can dip the coral in coralRX but read carlosdeandrade link
     
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    Also maybe supplement with seachem iodide...
     
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    Yes sometimes newly bought leathers don't open for a week or two , but your ones pins are out...
    the hole you see there ive experienced in the past from Silt settling in the middle of leather and smothering the tissue under it ( how is the flow in the tank , is it ( washing over the coral ).

    it could also be from salt crystals , calcium or magnesium landing on the coral and eating a hole in the coral .
    but definataly clean the coral with a pipette , or syringe and jet wash out the effected area and coral dip him after , to stop the rot.

    If you think its getting worse in a few days , bring him in , we can try get him right , or at least frag him because hes the nice bright green verity - was a cool specimen.

    David

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    Did you but something on him to hold him down ?
     
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    Had the same issue few days ago, mine was first on the substrate happy. Placed it on some live rock n it turned like this. So I moved it back to the substrate.
     
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